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“Birthday dinner”

The Parrot and Punchbowl
Ranked #1 of 1 Restaurants in Aldringham
Cuisines: British
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 27 February 2020

We pre-booked advising we were bringing a dog and had a fabulous time. A party of 5 shared 3 starters - shallot humus & pitta bread x 2 and an amazing smoked chicken salad with crispy noodles and a hazelnut dressing. Mains were stone baked bass, vegetarian curry, rump steak, lamb and haddock; we then shared rhubarb & stem ginger syllabub and pineapple rice pudding with lime curd. The food was amazing, the service great and the atmosphere very friendly. Highly recommended and will definitely be back!

Date of visit: February 2020
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Thank J9761MIjom
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Reviewed 14 January 2020

Dinner with family. We had wonderful service and food was excellent .. we all had starter and main course. Everyone enjoyed what they had

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 11 January 2020

Our table wasn’t the best it was in a bit of a corridor in the middle of the bar and half way to the toilet. It mean people squeezed past to get to the toilet.

If that had been the only issue I could have lived with it.

The bread basket of pump bakery bread was just sliced brown and white bread nothing special for almost £4. I would have expected some of their sourdough or their artisan breads.

Olives were nice.

Main courses was the roast sirloin beef it was nice but nothing special. However the other three had problems with their duck, all found it salty and one very very salty. The duck was nice if you had it would the sauce. The staff did reduce the prices for the duck eaters and explained it was the bacon in the cabbage that had caused the dishes to be very salty.

Puddings were OK nothing special and the Tonka Bean creme brûlée was an odd taste. To be honest we didn't want to complain anymore.

To be honest we weren’t impressed the food was not what we expected and in our case one ingredient too many. The food used to be more traditional Sunday lunch fare and that is why we have gone back over the years.

I should say the staff were very good and very apologetic. Nice set of beers. Nice atmosphere. Good size car park.

The questions I always ask myself after a meal is would I go back and would I recommend it. Not sure I’d go back. With over 300 of my reviews on TA I do try to be balanced with my reviews but not sure I would recommend this to visitors to Suffolk.

Date of visit: December 2019
2  Thank edwmagee
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Reviewed 7 January 2020 via mobile

I booked for a group of 18 including young children a while back as we were all going to Aldeburgh for New Year. Previous to the day itself I told everyone the wrong time by an hour, however no one minded as all were well looked after by the really helpful staff until our table was ready.
The pub has a great ambience and the food really surprised us all, everyone was very satisfied, the goat curry went down really well as did the steaks. We had a great few hours at The Parrot and Punchbowl and would definitely go back when visiting the area.

Date of visit: December 2019
1  Thank garyluke7547
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Reviewed 7 January 2020 via mobile

It was the first time we had been to this pub. Aldeburgh and Thorpness were heaving and we stopped on an off chance to find a table as we were very hungry but didn’t fancy cooking ourselves. The pub was very busy and we didn’t mind too much that the meal took quite a while to arrive, more then 1/2 hours. We had ordered the slow cooked goat curry and the caramelised red onion and feta tart. The curry was acceptable but the tart was very disappointing and just about edible. As I was so hungry and I didn’t ask for it to be removed as I new I would probably have to wait for the best part of another 1/2 hour. The tart was well overdone to put it mildly, a whisker from being black. It was very thin, dark brown and looked like an overcooked large biscuit. It was so dry it felt like eating dust and although the topping was tasty it was not very generous and far from a substantial meal, let alone a main course. When the waiter came to collect the plates he asked if we had enjoyed the meal and I had to let him know I had not enjoyed mine and the reasons why. He said he was sorry to hear that and went. A different waiter took the payment and asked if we had enjoyed the meal. Again I had to say I had not and the reasons why. The waitress also apologised but also said I should have told her before I had payed and that she would have given me some money off! Well, if this is a policy of the pub and she had been serious about this, she should have asked before I paid, and/or the previous waiter should have alerted someone in charge. However by now I just wanted to leave. I didn’t feel that there was a genuine concern of staff that their customers have a good experience. Staff should be made aware that people don’t want to complain when you go out for meals, it makes you feel awkward, it’s delay things. Therefore most of the time you accept an average meal and then just don’t go back again. This time I felt I had to make staff aware, that it was not good enough to serve this large over-cooked biscuit with thin layer of onion and feta cheese, even if it was edible. I am sorry but I want something better than that when I pay someone £12.75 for cooking me a meal.
I have read some of the other reviews of this pub which were very positive, highly rating the steaks. Perhaps this pub is geared towards meat eaters and that vegetarian dishes are not given the same care and attention.

Date of visit: January 2020
Thank AnikaEva
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